History Main / AsteroidThicket

26th Apr '16 4:58:12 PM HiddenWindshield
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* Analyses of identified extrasolar asteroid belts indicate that they are much thicker than our own. Granted that's just the ones that we can see from several light-years away, so there's probably a lot more that are just as dense if not looser than the one in our system.

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* Analyses of identified extrasolar asteroid belts indicate that they are much thicker than our own. Granted that's just the ones that we can see from several light-years away, so there's probably a lot more that are just as dense sparse if not looser sparser than the one in our system.
14th Apr '16 4:03:04 PM SSJMagus
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Conversely, planetary rings are (relatively) much more sparse in fiction than real life -- dense. Voyager 2 flew through Saturn's G ring -- one of the fainter rings -- once, at an angle, and there was [[http://spaceflightnow.com/cassini/040612soi.html "lots of evidence of micrometeroid hits"]] on the quite small 4-meter diameter probe, and the Cassini spacecraft has used its antenna as shield when crossing the same ring during their mission at Saturn. However, aspiring SF writers should know that these planetary ring systems are mostly made up of ice and rocks 0.01 to 10 meters across.

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Conversely, planetary rings are (relatively) much more sparse in fiction than real life -- dense. Voyager 2 flew through Saturn's G ring -- one of the fainter rings -- once, at an angle, and there was [[http://spaceflightnow.com/cassini/040612soi.html "lots of evidence of micrometeroid hits"]] on the quite small 4-meter diameter probe, and the Cassini spacecraft has used its antenna as shield when crossing the same ring during their mission at Saturn. The thickness of the rings is also surprisingly variable, ranging from under 10 meters to over a kilometer. However, aspiring SF writers should know that these planetary ring systems are mostly made up of ice (99% of the rings' content) and rocks 0.01 to 10 meters across.
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6th Apr '16 6:53:39 PM Hopperski
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** Season one had two "[[ArtisticLicenceAstronomy meteor storms]]", with lots of rocks hitting the ship as if it were a heavy hailstorm or an avalanche.
** Also a ''Planet Thicket'': many exterior shots of the Liberator flying through space (e.g. in the opening titles) feature lots of big spheres in view at the same time.
26th Mar '16 10:19:56 PM dpisel01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': In the episode "Gets Lost in Space," the class field trip is through the solar system, including a stop in the asteroid belt. There are multiple (oddly small) asteroids around the bus, all in close proximity to each other, and the bus even gets hit by one, which knocks out the map on the computer. Oddly, this trope was not mentioned in the producer's segment.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': In the episode "Gets Lost in Space," the class field trip is through the solar system, including a stop in the asteroid belt. There are multiple (oddly small) asteroids around the bus, all in close proximity to each other, and the bus even gets hit by one, which knocks out the map on the computer. Oddly, this trope was is not mentioned in the producer's segment.
26th Mar '16 10:17:57 PM dpisel01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'': In the episode "Gets Lost in Space," the class field trip is through the solar system, including a stop in the asteroid belt. There are multiple (oddly small) asteroids around the bus, all in close proximity to each other, and the bus even gets hit by one, which knocks out the map on the computer. Oddly, this trope was not mentioned in the producer's segment.
8th Mar '16 3:08:23 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The arcade game ''VideoGame/{{Blasteroids}}'', a SpiritualSuccessor of ''Asteroids'', features not only as per the latter asteroids straying across the screen but also others [[ColourCodedForYourConvenience red]], that once destroyed release crystals that give you extra energy, "popcorn asteroids'', that once fired begin to grow until they stop in a place and are indestructible -until you clear and leave the stage- and kamikaze asteroids, that once hit will speed towards your ship.



* ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois'' ''Space'' features the asteroid belt so densely populated that one has to wonder how ships manage to cross it to move from Mars to Jupiter and vice-versa (the rings of Saturn are reallistically presented). Another that appears in the show follows this trope to a T, including to hide among the asteroids to hide of the pursuing Cassiopeian ships ''a la'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois'' ''Space'' features the asteroid belt so densely populated that one has to wonder how ships manage to cross it to move from Mars to Jupiter and vice-versa (the rings of Saturn are reallistically presented). Another that appears in the show follows this trope to a T, including to hide among the asteroids to hide of evade the pursuing Cassiopeian ships ''a la'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
8th Mar '16 3:02:10 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* ''WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois'' ''Space'' features the asteroid belt so densely populated that one has to wonder how ships manage to cross it to move from Mars to Jupiter and vice-versa (the rings of Saturn are reallistically presented). Another that appears in the show follows this trope to a T, including to hide among the asteroids to hide of the pursuing Cassiopeian ships ''a la'' ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''.
8th Mar '16 2:52:22 PM ScorpiusOB1
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* The old arcade game ''SDI - Strategic Defense Initiative''[[note]]The UsefulNotes/MasterSystem version is named ''Global Defense''[[/note]], by Sega, features a stage in the asteroid belt. All those floating rocks, however, are just scenery background that often have bases and/or weapons mounted.
24th Feb '16 9:34:09 AM MegaMarioMan
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* The first set of starship battles in ''RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' take place in such a region, though again this may be justified by the fact that it seems to be gathered around a possible mining station.

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* The first set of starship battles in ''RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankGoingCommando'' take place in such a region, though again this may be justified by the fact that it seems to be gathered around a possible mining station.
24th Jan '16 6:48:49 PM nombretomado
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* The episode "Little Girl Lost Part 1" of ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' very neatly and subtly averts this one. While scanning the shattered remnants of Krypton, which have slowly begun forming into an asteroid belt, he receives a distress call from just outside the system. Rather than play "Asteroids" in his protective ship, he simply drops down and ducks under the field to get there as quickly as possible.

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* The episode "Little Girl Lost Part 1" of ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' very neatly and subtly averts this one. While scanning the shattered remnants of Krypton, which have slowly begun forming into an asteroid belt, he receives a distress call from just outside the system. Rather than play "Asteroids" in his protective ship, he simply drops down and ducks under the field to get there as quickly as possible.
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